By the time I saw this quote on social media, it was too late. I needed this advice at the start of my 20-year teaching career, not when it was over. I never practiced self-care even when I experienced some major life events. Self-care was just not part of my vocabulary.
When I left teaching in 2015, I didn't realize at the time that I had actually burned out. Jokingly, I told my colleagues I was retiring. To be honest, I felt weak because I couldn't and didn't want to teach any longer but I also felt sad because teaching ESL was a career I had loved.
Sometime in 2017, I started to read about teacher stress and burn-out. I had no idea that there was actually a Maslach Teacher Inventory to measure burn-out! Nor did I know how frequently teachers were leaving the profession. I wasn't alone but I wondered if there was something I could have done differently to avoid burn-out.
When I googled teacher well-being, it lead...